Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan 370Z new car review

Eric Peters: 2018 Nissan 370Z new car review

By Eric Peters Over the course of its long life, Chevy has almost cancelled the Corvette at least twice. Ford once gave thought to dropping the Mustang. Yes, really. Wisely – as it turned out – neither car was given its walking papers when sales temporarily drooped. The people in charge were savvy enough to see the bigger picture; they […]

Eric Peters: Avoid a Harvey Hooptie

Eric Peters: Avoid a Harvey Hooptie

By Eric Peters As the waters recede from Houston and South Florida, thousands of flooded cars will be aired out – and shipped out – to unsuspecting used car lots all over the country. Their titles as “washed” as their interiors (and the rest of them, too). As OJ used to say – and will […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda6 new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mazda6 new car review

By Eric Peters It’s odd that the sportiest car in its class has less engine than the others in its class. The car is the Mazda6 – and it comes only with a four. Meanwhile, you can get a V6 in rivals like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. But don’t blame Mazda for […]

Eric Peters: Little Stinker in my office

Eric Peters: Little Stinker in my office

By Eric Peters Recently divorced guys usually go out and get themselves a young girlfriend. I decided to do something different. I brought Little Stinker into my office. Little Stinker is my 1975 Kawasaki S1 250C. It is a type of bike that has not been made in decades for reasons of environmental incorrectness – […]

Subjective safety

Subjective safety

By Eric Peters If they were at least consistent, you might be persuaded that Our Controllers were truly concerned about our safety. As opposed to using “safety” as the pretext for controlling us. Not infrequently, to the detriment of our safety. There are many examples to prove the point but the latest is the push for congressional […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Highlander new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Highlander new car review

By Eric Peters First of all, there are no turbos. That fact alone sets the current Toyota Highlander apart from almost all other mid-sized crossover SUVs – most of which either come standard with or offer turbocharged engines. Neither of the Highlander’s two available engines is hooked on boost – which means neither one will ever […]

Putting the blame where it doesn’t belong

Putting the blame where it doesn’t belong

By Eric Peters In a strange take on William Burrough’s famous quip about gun control advocates – who want to take guns away from people who haven’t shot anyone – lawyers for explode-in-your-face air bag manufacturer Takata are trying to convince a federal judge to suspend victim’s lawsuits against the car manufacturers who unwittingly installed the defective, deadly air […]

The imbecile tax

The imbecile tax

By Eric Peters Grown-ups used to appreciate being treated as grown-ups, especially by other grown-ups. How is it that today’s grown-ups demand that they be treated like not-too-bright children? This manifests all over but one obvious area is new cars. The latest example being what Nissan just announced it will be installing in at least one of its 2018 […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Niro new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Kia Niro new car review

By Eric Peters The Prius has a rival that no one seems to know about – probably because Kia hasn’t done much to market its hybridness. It’s the Kia Niro – and you probably haven’t heard about it. And if you’ve seen one, you probably assumed it’s yet another mini-me crossover SUV. It certainly looks that part. But while […]

The gas burning diesel

The gas burning diesel

By Eric Peters Diesels are at the top of the Dead Pool – on account of their particularly diesel exhaust byproducts, specifically particulates (aka, soot) and oxides of nitrogen (aka NOx). But diesels are much more fuel-efficient than gas-burning engines because they are compression ignition engines. Well, compression and heat. Instead of a spark to set off the […]

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